Pakistani Government turns to Sufis and creates the “Sufi Advisory Council” (SAC) to combat “extremism”
The Pakistani government are trying to use “Sufis” to help combat the extremism they are facing. I wonder what type of “Sufis” are part of this advisory council.
Islamabad is set to combat the ongoing insurgency by spreading sufi thoughts and teachings across the violence-wracked country.
Government sources on Sunday announced setting up of a seven-member ‘Sufi Advisory Council’ (SAC) with an aim to combating extremism and fanaticism by spreading sufism in the country, Dawn News reported.
The SAC chairman and some of its members are said to be holding their first meeting at the ministry of religious affairs in Islamabad on Tuesday June 9.
The council will also invite what it calls progressive intellectuals in an effort to promote the flourishing of sufism.
It is not clear whether SAC will play a parallel role in the presence of Council of Islamic Ideology which is a constitutional body.
The decision comes as Islamabad and other major cities across Pakistan have been braced for suicide attacks since the army launched an offensive against the insurgents in the troubled northwestern Swat valley and its adjoining districts in early May.